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Color Me Cool: Watermelon


 

HEALTHY FOOD IN LIVING COLOR: MOUTH-WATERING WATERMELON

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Watermelon’s distinctive striped outer shell and the rich color of its flesh make it a fun food for coloring. But before you get the red crayon out, take your kids to this UCLA Science and Food website post on watermelon to show them the fruit comes in other colors, too. Who knew?!

According to the article, a watermelon’s flavor has a lot to do with its color. A yellow Early Moonbeam, a pale Cream of Saskatchewan and a deep red Crimson Sweet have noticeably different flavors, for example.

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Artful & Ad-Worthy Melons


 

WATERMELON IN ART & ADVERTISING: 4 PAINTINGS

Giant California Watermelon

How about that ginormous watermelon?! The small print at the bottom of this 1909 postcard reads, “This Is How Watermelon Grows in California.” And someone has handwritten on the image of the giant fruit, “Doesn’t this look good to you. Wonderful!”

I’m not sure if that painting got anyone to move to California, but I’m guessing a few. Some people will believe anything!

Below you’ll find three still life paintings that depict watermelons in very different styles. Two are by well known artists and the third is a tabletop painted by an unknown Mexican folk artist. Ask your kids to observe the paintings closely. Which one do they like best? Why? What other fruits and vegetables can they find in the paintings? Have they tried them all?

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Water-Licious Watermelon


 

10 FUN FACTS ABOUT WATERMELON

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What’s more refreshing on a hot summer day than a slice of juicy watermelon? Yum!

Here’s a list of fun facts about watermelon to share with your kids:

1. Watermelon is well named–it’s 92% water!

2. This watery fruit is thought to have originated in Africa’s Kalahari Desert. (The desert would be a good place to stumble across a watermelon, no?)

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“Food Cop” Fun at the Table


 

“FOOD COP”: A GAME TO MAKE HEALTHY EATING FUN FOR KIDS

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Kids are like the rest of us: we all like to think we’re in charge. If not all the time, at least once in a while.

One day a week, have your kids take turns acting as “food cop” at the dinner table. Let the chosen one have fun with it. Find a cap with a badge at a costume shop and let him wear it at the table. Pin a star to her shirt. Give him a whistle. (Or not. Personally, I’d rather not have a whistle interrupt my dining experience!)

Remind your kids that good policemen are polite and respectful, that they are examples for the community, and that their job is to serve and protect.

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